DANVILLE — James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) classic novel “The Last of the Mohicans” will be the book discussion for the Danville Public Library, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at McFadden’s Hot Spot.
Cooper is known as the first major American novelist. The novel is the second and most popular of Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales” and takes place during the French and Indian War. An important theme in this seminal novel is the cultural clash between white European culture of the pioneers and native Indian culture, and the destruction caused to the Indians by the coming of whites including the introduction of diseases and alcohol to the natives. Another theme is the natural beauty of the wilderness which also is threatened by the cutting of the forests by the white man.
The discussion will be led by Sean Smith, local patron and a volunteer for the library; David Greer, retired Danville High School science teacher and local historian; and the Danville High School CAP English Class with their adviser Beth Durbin.
The discussion will be held at McFadden’s Hot Spot (previously The Devil’s Den) next door to the library. Participants will be eligible to win a copy of “The Last of the Mohicans” and a copy of the next book discussion selection, “No They Can’t,” written by John Stossel, donated by Friends of the Library.
This program is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
Published on October 15, 2012